Mastermind Weekend 1/16

Hey there!

I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


An in-depth, 4-week reverse dieting course for women who feel like their metabolism has slowed down, think they might have hormonal imbalance and can’t lose weight no matter what they do.

Oh, my husband. How I love him so! :mrgreen:

This morning, Mal made us fried donuts for breakfast. Yep, that’s right. Fried donuts. As a kid, Mal loved them, so this morning, he tried to recreate one of his favorite childhood treats.


The fried donuts were very delicious– crunchy and crispy on the outside, but light and soft on the inside. Mmmmm! 😀

With breakfast, I also had a fried egg for some added protein and staying power.


On the side, I had half of a pink grapefruit.


All together with an iced soy latte.


Feel Great Weight

My newest post on is about my Eat It, Don’t Move challenge to eat the items in our pantry before the big move: How to Make the Most of Your Pantry (and Stick to Your Diet!)

Ask Me Anything

Here are some more answers to your Ask Me Anything questions:

What kind/brand of sports bra do you wear?

My favorite sports bras are Lululemon’s TaTa Tamer and Under Armour’s HeatGear Shaper Bra.

How do you run on the treadmill for so long and not get bored? I would get bored so easily!

Check out my ideas for running/walking on the treadmill and my treadmill workouts.

How does Mal really feel about being married to a blogger? He seems the type (well, based on how you talk about him) to support you in whatever makes you happy, but does he ever get annoyed about having certain parts of his life made so public?

Yes and no. Mal is very supportive of my blog and he sees all of the wonderful opportunities that it has afforded me. But, we’ve definitely got into our fair share of arguments about it. If you’ve seen the movie Julie & Julia, the big blow-out with between Julie and her husband was basically a real-life scene from our life. Mal could definitely relate!

How often do you walk Murphy? I’m thinking of getting a small dog but I live in an apartment. Do you find it hard to live with a dog in an apartment?

Murphy goes for at least 3 walks a day. Two of them are shorter (15 – 20 minutes) and one is longer (45 – 60 minutes).

Personally, living in South Boston, I found it sort of difficult to have a dog. There wasn’t a lot of green space to let Murphy run around, and I was always worried about him getting off leash and running into the street. But, now that we are in the ‘burbs, Murph will have plenty of room to stretch his little pug legs.

How did you start writing for Health magazine?

My gig with Health was 100% luck and good timing! I emailed Health to inquire about some freelance work and, at the same time, they were looking for someone, who lost weight and maintained it, to contribute to their Feel Great Weight program. A few of the Health editors were readers of my blog, so I think that helped too!

Question of the Day

Growing up, what was your favorite not-so-healthy treat?



  1. Thanks for answering my question about walking Murphy! I’m strongly in favor of getting a dog now 🙂
    My favorite not-so-healthy treat was frozen fudge bars and puffed cheetos!

  2. They look delish! My guilty snack growing up was chocolate chip cookies and milk. My sister and I would eat them everyday after school on the weekends we would splurge on 7/11 slurpees:)

  3. wow, i’ve never had homemade fried donuts before!! Like 4 years ago, I made donut dough and tried to bake them as a healthy treat and they turned out HORRIBLE! thank goodness I buy enough ice coffee to supply a country so now i’m BFFs with Javier from dunkin donuts and he hooks me up with free coffee and donuts from time to time. I feel bad because I say no to the donuts 99.9% of the time!

  4. I’ve never heard of fried donuts. When I was a kid our weekend breakfast treat was chocolate gravy (it’s really just a thin pudding) that you pour over hot home made biscuits.

  5. I looooved any kind of junk food when I was little because it was strictly forbidden in our house! Anytime I could get my hands on some I went a little wild…so I’m not sure the total deprivation method works with children either!!

  6. Hmmm considering I wasn’t the best eater growing up this could me many things! Probaly velveta shells and cheese…oh man that cheese was SO cheesey!!! I probably used to eat teh whole damn box too. Don’t think i’ve even been tempted to buy that since before college. All other treats I still enjoy, just in smaller quantities 🙂 Loved munchkins…still do, ice cream, desserts in general…etc.

  7. Love fried donuts! I have them once in a blue moon, though I’d love them daily. Donuts are my arch nemesis in foodland!

    I am really..relieved to read that about your blog-life and husband-life conflict. My husband has trouble sometimes with the blog and it’s tough! I never thought blogging would be a part-time job, when really, it could easily be a full-time job…in addition to my job-job!

    Got your email — emailing you back in a bit 🙂

  8. Puppy chow was a favorite of my probably throughout my high school days–chex mix, melted chocolate mixed with PB, covered in powdered sugar–soo addicting, and sooo sugar-filled! I can’t believe I survived it 😉

  9. Doughnuts after saturday swimming practice, and before that when I was in lessons cheezies after from the vending machine- not to mention the ridiculous amounts of ice cream consumed.. mm, mm good

  10. Hey Tina! Those doughnuts look so yummy, I agree with the comment that maybe Mal could do a guest post for the recipe!
    My favourite treat was (and still is!) fresh mini-doughnuts! there is a local Toronto company that sells them, and I get them every year at the Canadian National Exhibition! Brings back so many great memories.

  11. When I was a girl scout oh those many years ago, our favorite breakfast was to take Krispy Kream doughnuts – the glazed ones – dip them in egg and then fry them. I think we called them eggums. I remember thinking they were super awesome good but I’m not so sure my thoughts would be the same now. LOL

  12. Is the picture of 1 donut cut in half lengthwise? It kind of looks like an open-faced bagel and I’m trying to figure out what I’m seeing…

  13. Ring Dings. My God, I could eat them by the boxful. And chocolate chip Mini Muffins. Trans-fat glory.

    *sigh as I return to my lunch salad*

  14. In high school my lunch everyday was: Cheddar & Sour Cream Ruffles, Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and a Coke. so bad. and so good.

  15. Yummmy! Those donuts look good. While mine wasn’t a fried doughnut, my favorite breakfast food growing up was Entenmann’s chocolate donuts. I haven’t had them in year, but I used to eat them all the time. 🙂

  16. I loved Grasshopper Pie ice cream- it was made by Hood, and they’ve since discontinued the flavor! I am so crushed, I’m thinking about trying to recreate it by hand.

  17. Those donuts look interesting! I’ve never even heard of fried donuts before! Well, aside from donuts when they’re first made – not fried after they’re already fried. Geesh – now I’m confusing myself!

    I loved so many not-so-healthy things when I was little. The best things had to be candy … the gas station hear our house used to have so many jars of one cent candies that a friend and I would save all of our money for. The other thing would have been blizzards from Dairy Queen, or really, just ice cream in general!

    Of course, both are still favourites, but I don’t consider them to be food groups anymore. 🙂


  18. My not so healthy treat was definately icecream. Whether it be at my grandmothers house after an afternoon of swimming, or at DQ as a treat or as dessert after dinner. It is still one of my favs!

  19. Those Fried donuts sound like a good idea on a weekend, never heard of it yet looks like a treat to taste. My favorite growing up (and still is when I’m off training) is icecream, especially hag ‘n das.
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  21. Hi, do you think having deepfried donuts with and egg is a healthy way of starting your day? Wouldn´t the grapefruit on the side make the whole thing inside your stomach even worst? Plus the latte? Don´t get me wrong, I like your blog and I´ve been checking out your posts! Donuts are tasty, but not really healthy…

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